Hearing of the miracles
- Believe in
- Don't worship other "gods"
- Don't use
G-d's name in vain
- Observe Shabbat
- Honor your parents
- Don't murder
- Don't commit adultery
- Don't kidnap
- Don't testify falsely
- Don't covet.
After receiving the first two commandments, the Jewish People, overwhelmed by this experience of the Divine, request that Moshe relay
The Limits of Desire
“In the third month of the Exodus of the Children of Yisrael from the land of Egypt…” (19:1)
The greatest desire of
If so, why didn’t
You can’t say it was a function of distance, that it took three months to get to Sinai, because even for Eliezer, the servant of Avraham,
This is the meaning of the above verse:
“In the third month of the Exodus of the Children of Yisrael from the land of Egypt…”
Because they were coming “from the land of Egypt” and were still steeped in its impurity, so only “in the third month of the Exodus” of the Jewish People were they ready to receive the holy Torah at Sinai.
This understanding of the verse is borne out by the fact that immediately after their period of purification came to an end the Torah tells us “on that day”, i.e. on the same day that they traveled, so too did they arrive. As soon as they were they really ready to travel to Sinai they arrived there.
You might still ask: If the period of waiting was to allow the miasma of Egypt to fade from the Jewish People, why then did we have to endure a journey of three months through the desert? Why couldn’t we have just arrived at Sinai and waited there for seven weeks?
Human words cannot express more than human feelings, but if one can say it, from here we can discern the tremendous "overwhelming" desire of
He knew that if we were already under the Chupa, we would not be able to hold back from taking ourselves to Him.
- Source: Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh in Tallalei Orot